There are a TON of phobias out there because, well, people can be afraid of literally anything. A fear of ants? Myrmecophobia. A fear of chins? Geniophobia. A fear of vampires? Sanguivoriphobia.
It is the truth, there is a phobia for anything and everything you can possibly think of. Phobias should not be taken lightly, of course, because they can cause people to suffer. But let’s just put on our humor pants for a little while and have a good laugh at the most ironic, ridiculous phobia you could possibly imagine.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the extreme fear of long words.
That’s right, the fear of long words is defined by a word that is 35 letters long.
How terrible is that?!
Talk about being mean-spirited. Maybe they should have called it Hipphobia or something less threatening and much shorter. But alas, whoever crafted this monster of a word must have the heart of the Grinch before it swelled up to three times the size.
By the way, if you’re curious to know, the longest word in the English dictionary is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It is the technical term for a sort of lung disease. Very pleasant.
Here is a picture to help you pronounce that mountain of a word if you’re up for a challenge today. Have fun with that!
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